The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans’ Perspective

The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans’ Perspective is just that — a book about Sgt. Pepper, written by fans for fans.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the most famous album by the most famous band in the history of rock ’n’ roll. It became the soundtrack for the Summer of Love (1967), with its music constantly flowing out of Hi-Fi systems, portable record players and radios throughout the world. That summer, people weren’t just listening and dancing to Sgt. Pepper, they were discussing its music, its sounds, its lyrics and its remarkable cover. The attention to detail taken by The Beatles for every aspect of the album, from its recording down to the red and white psychedelic inner sleeve that held the vinyl disc, made Sgt. Pepper an all-encompassing and mind-blowing experience collectively shared by millions.

In addition to essays written by Spizer, Al Sussman, Frank Daniels, Piers Hemmingsen and Bill King, the book contains over 80 fan recollections ranging from “everyday people” to Beatles authors (Mark Lewisohn) and musicians (Peter Tork of The Monkees, Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens, former Wings drummer Denny Seiwell and Billy Joel). The book has over a hundred full color and original black and white images, including intimate photographs from 1967 of fans holding the album cover. These images and heart-felt memories add a personal touch demonstrating the true impact of the act we’ve known for all these years, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

As with Bruce’s other books, and in keeping with the spirit of the Sgt. Pepper album, The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans’ Perspective is a treat both visually and from an information and story-telling experience.

Digital $20
Hardcover $30
Collector’s Edition $75

 

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Description

1st edition, 2017

176 pages
9″ x 9″
Hardbound

full color throughout
ISBN# 978-0-9832957-4-7

 

Table of Contents

“And the jukebox kept on playin’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band…”
An American Beatles fan perspective by Bruce Spizer

Remember Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club is The Beatles

Canada’s Centennial Celebration Gets A Present From The Beatles by Piers Hemmingsen

The Communal Sgt. Pepper by Al Sussman

The World of Sgt. Pepper: Pop Music Came to a Crossroads in 1967by Al Sussman

Call his wife in: Influences on and of Sgt. Pepper by Frank Daniels

Fan Recollections

A Fan’s Notes: 1967­— It Really Was the Summer of … Change by Bill King

Sgt. Pepper Invades the World

Who Am I To Stop A Good Rumor? The Sgt. Pepper Packaging

Recording History: Who Did What?

Fab Four Fan Favs

Collector's edition extras

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Reviews

Bruce’s passion does the world a service. He creates a way station for people like me who believe that what The Beatles created (in all of its musical incarnations, manifestations and associated product analysis) is an emotional connection to something more than just pop music. Bruce helps us to see into frameworks of creative, cultural and stylistic importance that wouldn’t be mined were it not for his passion.  It is all so endlessly fascinating to me and this book is so necessary because the damn album is that important!—John French

I’ve just scrolled through the pdf of the book, and then again backwards. It looks beautiful, interesting and useful, which does not, of course, surprise me at all. Looking forward to really digging into it.–Allan Kozinn

I had a vision of what the book would be like…and that vision was pretty impressive. But you (and all of your contributors from Tom Frangione…love that photo!) to Billy Joel to Mark Lewisohn (another priceless photo!) to Mark Lapidos and the story about his brother…you all exceeded any expectation I had. This book is priceless. It is absolutely beautiful. You should be So. Very. Proud. Wow.–Jude Southerland Kessler

40 comments

  1. Richard Zahn (verified owner)

    I was the ripe old age of 14 when I was spending my summer vacation with my grandmother and uncle on the family farm in a small area of northern Alberta Canada. One afternoon we took a drive to the nearby town and lo and behold there in a shop window was Sgt. Peppers! Now you have to remember that this was a very small town and they didn’t have a proper record store but for some unknown reason this particular shop had the wherewithal to display the new Beatles LP in the store’s window in the summer of ’67.
    I don’t recall knowing that the Beatles were scheduling a new release that summer so I don’t believe I was looking for it but the artwork must have jumped out at me as being very flashy and noteworthy at that point in time.
    My grandma actually bought it for me that day! I took in back to the farm and played it on my uncle’s stereo system. Having heard all of their LPs up to that time I remember being awestruck at how different it was. Sure you had the guitars and such but there sure were some unusual sounds on that LP. It was all so different. The artwork which had so taken me in at first glance was so cool and I spent countless hours studying it and the words were on the back cover! So reading along with the music was something unique to me as well. This was a mono copy by the way. I remember Paul’s adlibs at the end of the Reprise and always straining my ears to pick out all of the words. My copy didn’t have the pink inner sleeve as I was to later discover some copies had. My copy was played to death but I still proudly have it in my collection to this day.

  2. Dan Tomaszewski

    I had my 14th birthday in the summer after Sgt. Pepper was released. My sister got her copy of the album the day it was released. She brought it home, disappointed that Strawberry Fields and Penney Lane were not on the l.p. Her disappointment disappeared as each song filled the house with such a new and fantastic sound that was a big change from previous releases by our boys from Liverpool. I was fortunate enough to have a generous sister who allowed me to listen to her Beatles records with her or on my own just about any time I wanted. I knew that I needed to add this to my limited collection of fab four records with an allowance from my parents of 50 cents a week. I decided that in order to not wait so long to pick up a copy of my own, I was going to canvass the neighborhood for lawn cutting jobs. Most neighbors paid the great sum of $1.00 and if lucky maybe $2.00. Either way, I could amass a small fortune in less time than I could with my allowance. After cutting enough lawns, I had the money in hand, so I asked my mother to drive me to K-mart to obtain my treasured booty. I literally ran through the aisles to the record department only to be shocked that there was not a Sgt. Pepper album in any of the bins. I saw a guy putting stock out over in another aisle. He was an old guy about 25 or so, but I thought he would know if there was any new Beatles .record to be had. He said that all the Sgt. Peppers had been out in the bins a few days ago. If they were gone, then they were gone and I would have to wait. He said he was disappointed too because he had planned on getting one after his shift. As I walked back to my moms car I hung my head. I told mom that they didn’t have any and she said ” Well there might be some on that truck that came in a few minutes ago. ” So I raced back inside and found that same clerk still stocking shelves. Before I could say a word he said he knew about the truck and would go look to see if there were any records on the load. After what seemed like an eternity the clerk came down the aisle with a pretty heavy looking square box. He smiled and said it contained an entire box load of Sgt. Pepper albums. They were already tagged with a K-mart price tag. He handed me a copy and told me to enjoy. I hoped I had enough to pay for it after all I had gone through to get my hands on one. I saw the price of $3.98 and figured what the tax would be. I added the 16 cents of sales tax knowing I had $5 in my pocket. I couldn’t get mom to drive any faster for home but we did get back in less time than it took to get to K-mart. I raced inside half asking my sister if I could use her record player. I plunked the l.p. on the turntable and set the tone arm down. As it started to play, my sister asked me why I had bought a record she already had and that I could borrow any time. I told her that I just had to have my own Sgt. Pepper album. My mom just shook her head.

  3. Jeff Mooney Atlanta, GA (verified owner)

    I am a first generation Beatles fan. I fell in love with the Beatles during their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.
    I was visiting relatives in another state in the summer of 1967, when Sgt. Pepper was released. A cousin, who is 6 years older and a teenager then, played his copy of the album for me.
    Its impact on me was like the scene in the Wizard of Oz when the door to Dorothy’s house opened in Munchkin Land and the world changed from black & white to glorious, vivid color!
    During that visit, i celebrated a birthday, and my father asked me what i wanted, and i said the Beatles’ Sgt.Pepper album. He was not a Beatles fan himself, but he bought it for me. I still have it.

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